Without enough vitamin C, cell growth, circulatory health can be compromised. Many people are deficient in this vital nutrient, which can lead to an inability of the immune system to operate effectively. Those with a vitamin C deficiency can experience a variety of symptoms including fatigue, greater susceptibility to illness, bruising more easily and having muscle and joint pain.
When you think of a food that’s high in vitamin C, you typically think of oranges, citrus or orange juice. But did you know that one navel orange has only about 83 mg of vitamin C? Here are five foods that offer more vitamin C than oranges per serving.
1. Guava – One half cup of the fruit contains 188 milligrams of vitamin C and only 56 calories.
2. Red Pepper – One half cup contains 142 milligrams of vitamin C and 20 calories.
3. Papaya – A small papaya has 96 mg of vitamin C. Additionally, papaya is high in fiber and folate.
4. Strawberries – One serving has nearly 87 mg of vitamin C and consumption has also been linked to reductions in cognitive decline.
5. Cauliflower – With nearly 128 mg of vitamin C in one four inch head, it’s an excellent source of vitamin C.